high in vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals. It is now recommended that
we eat several servings each week of cruciferous vegetables.
A review of the published studies shows a strong link between cruciferous
vegetable consumption and lower risk of cancer. Some of the phytochemicals in the vegetables have been shown to stop the growth of cancer cells. One of these phytochemicals, Sulforaphane, can stimulate enzymes in the body that detoxify carcinogens before they damage the cells.
Cruciferous vegetables can also reduce oxidative stress which may help protect against cancer. Oxidative stress is the overload of harmful molecules called Free-radicals. A study showed that by eating 1-2 cups of cruciferous vegetables per day can reduce your oxidative stress by 20%.
A recent study showed that diets high in cruciferous vegetables and fish may also protect against heart disease. In this study the markers for inflammation (an indicator of cardiovascular disease) were significantly reduced with the increased intake of the veggies.
The best way to eat these veggies raw or only lightly steamed to retain the phytochemicals that make cruciferous vegetables special in terms of health. Do yourself a favor and start eating more vegetables in the cruciferous family. Don’t like the vegetables in this group? Standard Process makes two great products to help you get the benefits of these great veggies. They are SP Green Food and Cruciferous Complete.